An unforgettable journey through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and varied landscapes
Established in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand’s newest national parks, as well as one of the largest, measuring 452,002 hectares. ‘Kahurangi’ has a number of meanings, including ”treasured possession”.
The Heaphy Track is the longest and most diverse of the Department of Conservation (DOC) Great Walks. Over 78.4 kilometres the track crosses the Park’s range of landscapes. Starting from the junction of the Brown and Aorere Rivers, moving over expansive tussock downs and along the banks of rivers, walking through alpine herb fields, lush coastal forests, nikau palm groves and then reaching the roaring seas of the West Coast.
The track is wide, benched and well graded in most sections. Its gentle gradients and diverse scenery are popular with all ages and abilities, from experienced walkers through to first time hikers.
Southern Wilderness offers two different trips through the Heaphy Track.
The Heaphy Classic Five Day guided walk is our recommended way to experience the Heaphy Track as it allows ample time to explore while also giving us more relaxation time at the end of the day.
The Heaphy Classic Four Day guided walk is great for fit walkers who have limited time to complete the track and therefore want to spend more time walking than relaxing.